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WESTSHORE - After 10 years and 22 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an amazing, bombastic climax with a three-hour masterpiece directed by local-boys-made-good, Joseph and Anthony Russo.

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BAY VILLAGE - It’s been a school year full of planning, writing letters and fundraising, but members of the Key Club at Bay High School have achieved a pretty impressive goal: By working with the community and two other Bay Village schools, they have raised $12,000 to build a water well that…

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WESTLAKE — He began to play violin at age 3. He then added viola and trumpet. By 10, he was writing original music compositions. One earned a national award. He has performed with singer Kenny Loggins at Cleveland's Severance Hall as well as internationally, where he soloed as first violinis…

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Editor’s note: West Life welcomes James McCarty, renowned area bird expert whose birding column appeared for nearly two decades in The Plain Dealer. We are proud and happy (for all his faithful readers!) that he is now sharing his birding knowledge in West Life. Enjoy!

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WESTSHORE - Americans' continuing preference for pickup trucks and SUVs over sedans is evident at the Cleveland Auto Show, where automakers - particularly the Big Three - are placing the spotlight on their larger vehicles.

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WESTSHORE — With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now knee-deep into the season of holiday craft shows, special theater offerings and a variety of seasonal fun. Here is a listing of the top offerings in our area.

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WESTSHORE — Moving the south entrance to the Huntington Reservation away from the Lake Erie Science & Nature Center is one of a series of changes the Cleveland Metroparks has outlined in its draft, long-term master plan for the park district.

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AVON — Classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars will take over the grounds of Avon United Methodist Church on Detroit Road from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, for the seventh annual Wheels for Wags car show benefiting Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County. The rain date is Aug. 25.

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WESTLAKE—Soon she’ll tackle the seventh grade, but for now, Amara Brahmbhatt is filling her summer vacation stating her case as one of Northeast Ohio’s elite young tennis talents.

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CLEVELAND – It wasn’t until 2011 that Sarah Johanek decided she wanted to be a rower. The then freshman at Saint Joseph Academy High School, who had and still does enjoy running, came to school the same year that rowing became an official team sport at Saint Joe’s.

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WESTSHORE - During his 40-year career as a suburban Cleveland journalist, Dave Lange frequently dealt with controversial topics. Now he’s used his award-winning skills to write about coming-of-age during one of the most highly-charged times in American history – the Vietnam era.

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LAKEWOOD - Ann and Kevin Thomas stood in their 100-degree distilling facility on a July day. The smell of corn mash and fresh alcohol sticks to the heat emanating from the still, and burns the nostrils. Thousands of liters of water run through grains. The water evaporates and returns through…

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LAKEWOOD - Tyler Hannah, didn’t always envision himself as the state-qualifying track and field star is he today. The Lakewood High School junior began running track in seventh grade, and said at the start, he wasn’t so sure if there was a future for him in the sport.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - The second annual Ranger Council Summer Kickoff event took place Saturday at Ranger Stadium. Activities included a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, the sale of Wilcox and middle school bricks and a meet and greet with new superintendent Roxann Caserio…

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Sixth-grader Sophia Thibodeaux placed first in the nation in the Akron Rubber Band Contest for her interactive game titled “Trebuchet!” She placed first in the Arts and Leisure Division. The other division was Science and Engineering. The premise of the project was to desi…

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - The cars start lining up on the enormous gravel lot well before sundown. There are the pros - the ones swooping efficiently into spots, the backs of the pickup trucks filled with inflatable mattresses and pillows, or trunks of regular cars overflowing with lawn chairs. And…

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The screeners give each film a letter grade from A to D, along with their comments, which are passed along to the producer and director. Festival organizers advise screeners not to be mean-spirited in their comments. 

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Superintendent James Powell discussed the major changes that have occurred within the school district the past year and what the community can look forward during his year at his State of the Schools address last Friday.

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I have always strongly believed that we must work together to solve problems facing our families. I’m pleased to report that a strong partnership has formed to help address the opioid crisis here in Lorain County.

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All at North Ridgeville Community Care are saddened by the death of our faithful volunteer, Marsha Mace. She served as our Salad Wednesday Chairperson and was Food Person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Marsha was a dear, hard-working woman who rarely said no to a task. She worked well with othe…

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Residents were impressed when 11-year-old Alex Foldi approached the mayor with a plan to make the city more energy efficient at last week’s Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor gathering.

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WESTLAKE -Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green said the NBA team's newest players are doing a good job.

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Four Lake Ridge Academy students have been named 2018 National Merit Finalists. Elizabeth Cole of Avon Lake, Ben Gwinnell of Cleveland Heights, Noah Kawaguchi of Amherst and Anjali Prabhakaran of Avon will join approximately 15,000 finalists who will be considered to recei…